A few years ago, I wrote a few posts about my efforts to reduce the amount of paper towels I was using around the house. Those posts sparked a lot of discussion in the form of comments, and many of them were very insightful! One of the stand-out comments was from a woman named Denise, who cleaned between 15 and 20 bathrooms every week for 20 years(!) before beginning her well-deserved retirement. (I knew right away that I was dealing with a bathroom cleaning expert, because if doing something for 20 years doesn’t make you an expert, I don’t know what would!)
In her comment, Denise shared the method she uses to clean bathrooms quickly and efficiently, and with minimal waste. I was seriously impressed with how streamlined her process was, and I was touched that she thought to share it with me! I asked her if she would mind if I shared her method in a blog post, and she very kindly agreed. So we all have Denise to thank for today’s post. :-)
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As I told her, I had never really felt like I had an efficient routine for cleaning the whole bathroom at once. But since using Denise’s method, I can easily stay on task and get my bathroom clean in a fraction of the time it once took. In fact, this method is quick enough that you could include it in your everyday chores!
Give it a try for yourself, and I think you’ll like it as much as I do!
How To Clean Your Bathroom In 15 Minutes
- Toilet brush
- Microfiber cloth
- About 3 paper towels
- An old bath towel (optional, see Bonus Tip below)
Apply a toilet bowl cleaner or all-purpose cleaner to your toilet bowl, and scrub with your toilet brush.
Flush, then prop the brush under the toilet seat to let it drip-dry.
Spray the toilet, sink, faucet(s), and countertop with your preferred cleaner/disinfectant. (I’ve been using my homemade lemon-scented vinegar as my go-to disinfectant for several months now, and I love it! Check out the link below for more details.)
Related: How To Make Scented Cleaning Vinegar
Run some water over a clean microfiber cloth, then wring it out so that it’s damp, but not dripping. Use the damp cloth to wash the mirror, and to “rinse” the disinfectant from the countertop, faucet(s), and sink.
Use a couple of paper towels to dry the mirror, countertop, faucet(s), sink, and toilet, in that order. (You’ll be working your way from the cleanest thing to the dirtiest thing, which helps to save on paper towels.)
Use one last clean paper towel to buff a shine onto the mirror and faucet. Toss the paper towels and put the toilet brush away.
Rinse the microfiber cloth and wring it out again. Use the damp cloth to spot clean the floor, or to wipe up any hair, dust, or dirt that’s hanging around. Toss the microfiber cloth into your hamper or washer, and voila, you’re done!
Since this is an everyday sort of cleaning routine for your bathroom, I didn’t include the tub or shower. But I thought I’d share an easy way to help keep your shower looking good between deep-cleanings. Just stash an old towel somewhere in your bathroom, and use it to quickly wipe down the shower walls after each use. It only takes a second, and it helps to prevent water spots and soap scum buildup. Smart!
(To deep clean your tub and/or shower, I highly recommend checking out my homemade tub-and-shower cleaner at the link below. It cuts through soap scum easily, and it leaves my tubs and showers sparkling!)
I’m telling you… Denise has got this whole thing dialed in! Thank you again Denise, for sharing your wisdom and experience with all of us! :-)